The Newcastle goalkeeper, Steve Harper, who turns 35 years old on March 14th, has started every single league game since Shay Given left the club for Manchester City in in January of last year.
Harper – 160 appearances for Newcastle – 19 clean sheets this season
That’s 50 continuous league games for the Easington born goalkeeper, and Steve now has 160 Newcastle appearances in his long career.
He also has 42 other first class appearances while he was on loan at Huddersfield, Hartlepool and Bradford City from 1995-1998.
When told about his record today Steve said:
“I feel very good,” “It’s a long time now since I had that double hernia operation and I don’t think I’ve missed any league games since then.”
“I work well with the goalkeeping coach, Paul Barron, in training and he knows how to manage his goalkeepers and has a lot of experience.”
“I’m loving it at the moment and long may it continue.” “It’s been a tough season but, for me, it’s been great; I’ve been playing games and the team have been winning and keeping clean sheets.”
“It’s been a real team effort, though, and those clean sheets are down to everybody.” “We score as a team and defend as a team – you see Big Andy Carroll back in his own box defending and that’s what we do.”
“That’s why we’ve got as many clean sheets and I’m delighted with our record.”
An even more important statistic for Newcastle and Harper this season, is that Steve already has 19 clean sheets.
Harper was robbed of his 20th clean sheet of the season last Saturday when Watford scored their first goal in injury time.
That tells you how well Newcastle’s defense has played this season, and hopefully it will auger well for Newcastle if they do indeed get promoted this season, and are back in the Premier League for next season.